During initial consultations for bathroom remodeling projects, homeowners often ask Westchester Bathroom Remodeling experts for advice on choosing bath fixtures. The answers can be complex, since many different combinations and options exist, and both showers and tubs have advantages and disadvantages. Several factors should be considered when making the choice.
Usage and enjoyment is the first thing on most people’s minds when choosing between a bath or shower. For a hurried person who has no interest in taking long baths, a shower that cleans quickly and takes up little space might be perfect. For those who love a luxurious soak, a large garden tub may be what they are dreaming of. Both are pleasant, but neither is maintenance-free. Tiled showers require upkeep of grout and caulk; tubs, especially jetted ones, can be challenging to keep clean.
Showers and tubs offer different features to enhance health and comfort. There are safety features available for both such as safety bars and textured floors. Tubs may have massaging jets or handheld shower additions. Showers can be designed with massage or steam panels and fitted with showerheads that simulate rainfall. For people with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis, a nightly warm mineral bath can reduce pain and increase mobility; but for older or disabled family members, getting in and out of a tub may be too difficult. Showers with roll-in wheelchair access and removable hand-held showerheads can be a perfect solution for them.
Larger homes with multiple bathrooms often have a tub and shower combination in a master bath. To increase the chances of an easier resale, a moderately sized home should have at least one shower and one tub available somewhere in the home. This ensures that a potential buyer with children, older adults or family members with medical issues has everyone’s needs met. For families with small children, a tub is often a must-have. If this criteria is already filled from other bathrooms, placing a single fixture can be a practical choice.
The desired open space in the bathroom is another consideration. Showers can be customized and there are many space saving designs available. There are simple prefabricated shower units that are easy to install and do not require tiling. If tiling is preferred, a custom-tiled shower can be designed to suit anyone’s taste. Shower styles range from small space-saving corner units to huge, luxurious open walk-in showers. Tubs take up more room in general, but there are different styles to choose from that can fit well and make the best use of available space. For example, some tubs are shaped to fit into a corner. With many styles and size options, a tub is usually not out of the question even for a small bathroom.
After considering bathtub and shower pros and cons, contact a seasoned professional to start the process of creating an exciting new bathroom space. With over 25 years of experience behind them, Westchester Bathroom Remodeling contractors can offer expert suggestions and practical advice to help customize the perfect bathtub, shower, or combination for any bathroom.
At Perfecto, our Westchester remodeling employees are, quite simply, the best in the business. For them, it is an intrinsic part of their nature to treat your property and our clients with nothing less than full respect. Additionally, our staff members are dedicated and they pay close attention to the finer details of each task or process. Always honest and thoroughly reliable, for our construction employees each job is more than just that: it is a labor of love.